Hedge Funds Are Piling Into NeoPhotonics Corp (NPTN)

The Insider Monkey team has completed processing the quarterly 13F filings for the June quarter submitted by the hedge funds and other money managers included in our extensive database. Most hedge fund investors experienced strong gains on the back of a strong market performance, which certainly propelled them to adjust their equity holdings so as to maintain the desired risk profile. As a result, the relevancy of these public filings and their content is indisputable, as they may reveal numerous high-potential stocks. The following article will discuss the smart money sentiment towards NeoPhotonics Corp (NYSE:NPTN).

Is NeoPhotonics Corp (NYSE:NPTN) undervalued? Investors who are in the know were buying. The number of long hedge fund positions advanced by 3 lately. NeoPhotonics Corp (NYSE:NPTN) was in 20 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of the second quarter of 2021. The all time high for this statistic is 24. Our calculations also showed that NPTN isn’t among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds (click for Q2 rankings).

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Do Hedge Funds Think NPTN Is A Good Stock To Buy Now?

At the end of June, a total of 20 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, a change of 18% from the previous quarter. Below, you can check out the change in hedge fund sentiment towards NPTN over the last 24 quarters. With the smart money’s sentiment swirling, there exists an “upper tier” of key hedge fund managers who were increasing their holdings considerably (or already accumulated large positions).

The largest stake in NeoPhotonics Corp (NYSE:NPTN) was held by Renaissance Technologies, which reported holding $22.4 million worth of stock at the end of June. It was followed by Masters Capital Management with a $10.2 million position. Other investors bullish on the company included Litespeed Management, Two Sigma Advisors, and Boardman Bay Capital Management. In terms of the portfolio weights assigned to each position Litespeed Management allocated the biggest weight to NeoPhotonics Corp (NYSE:NPTN), around 9.19% of its 13F portfolio. Boardman Bay Capital Management is also relatively very bullish on the stock, designating 7.92 percent of its 13F equity portfolio to NPTN.

Now, specific money managers were leading the bulls’ herd. Alyeska Investment Group, managed by Anand Parekh, established the most valuable position in NeoPhotonics Corp (NYSE:NPTN). Alyeska Investment Group had $3.7 million invested in the company at the end of the quarter. Paul Marshall and Ian Wace’s Marshall Wace LLP also initiated a $0.4 million position during the quarter. The other funds with new positions in the stock are Ryan Tolkin (CIO)’s Schonfeld Strategic Advisors, Peter Muller’s PDT Partners, and Michael Gelband’s ExodusPoint Capital.

Let’s go over hedge fund activity in other stocks – not necessarily in the same industry as NeoPhotonics Corp (NYSE:NPTN) but similarly valued. These stocks are First Community Bancshares Inc (NASDAQ:FCBC), FRP Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:FRPH), Loop Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOOP), Titan International Inc (NYSE:TWI), Riley Exploration Permian, Inc. (NYSE:REPX), Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ:RRGB), and A-Mark Precious Metals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMRK). This group of stocks’ market valuations are similar to NPTN’s market valuation.

Ticker No of HFs with positions Total Value of HF Positions (x1000) Change in HF Position
FCBC 6 7819 1
FRPH 7 35469 1
LOOP 3 2092 1
TWI 15 121522 -5
REPX 6 10766 4
RRGB 7 13913 -2
AMRK 12 21555 1
Average 8 30448 0.1

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As you can see these stocks had an average of 8 hedge funds with bullish positions and the average amount invested in these stocks was $30 million. That figure was $67 million in NPTN’s case. Titan International Inc (NYSE:TWI) is the most popular stock in this table. On the other hand Loop Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOOP) is the least popular one with only 3 bullish hedge fund positions. Compared to these stocks NeoPhotonics Corp (NYSE:NPTN) is more popular among hedge funds. Our overall hedge fund sentiment score for NPTN is 83. Stocks with higher number of hedge fund positions relative to other stocks as well as relative to their historical range receive a higher sentiment score. Our calculations showed that top 5 most popular stocks among hedge funds returned 95.8% in 2019 and 2020, and outperformed the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) by 40 percentage points. These stocks gained 24% in 2021 through October 22nd and still beat the market by 1.6 percentage points. Unfortunately NPTN wasn’t nearly as popular as these 5 stocks and hedge funds that were betting on NPTN were disappointed as the stock returned -7% since the end of the second quarter (through 10/22) and underperformed the market. If you are interested in investing in large cap stocks with huge upside potential, you should check out the top 5 most popular stocks among hedge funds as most of these stocks already outperformed the market since 2019.

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